Smoke & Mirrors … or the Real Deal?

It would have been so easy to return to the Legislature a 2017 budget unchanged – with all of their many amendments and the promise of a 50 cent per month tax cut. But Rockland residents elected me to do the right thing, which is not necessarily the easy thing....

A Return to Madness?

It’s no secret what earned Rockland a $138 million budget deficit and the shameful distinction of most fiscally stressed municipality in the state of New York. It was dishonest budgeting based on phony revenue and expense projections.   Now, nearly three years into...

Down to the Budget Wire

Two months have passed since I presented my proposed 2017 county budget to the Legislature and the people of Rockland. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from Rockland residents, which is heartening since they are the ones paying the tax and it’s their opinion...

Unity Crushes Hate in Rockland … But at a Cost

Residents of a quiet street in Ramapo woke up one day this week to find that hate had come to their neighborhood. Anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on the asphalt in front of two homes and on a real estate sign in front of a third. All these homes are for sale. The message...

A Coincidence? Think Again

When the people of Rockland County elected me County Executive, they put their faith in my ability to choose the right people for leadership positions in our government. That’s why I was so pleased last May to name Dr. Penny Jennings as my choice for two crucial...

Funding Our Non-Profits

Rockland County wouldn’t be the high-quality place to live without its non-profits. Our non-profit agencies and the dedicated people who run them do everything from feed and clothe the hungry and working poor to providing services for people with disabilities to...

A Glimmer of Hope

I never would have thought last October when I presented my budget to the Legislature that now, a full year later, we would still be talking about the Sain Building. But here we are, to my frustration and the detriment of everyone who cares about this county, still talking...

Turning a Fiscal Corner

When I took office just three years ago, this county was on the brink of financial disaster. We were a mere $42,000 away from default and had the worst score in New York on the state Comptroller’s list of most fiscally stressed municipalities. Rockland’s score then...

Moving Forward at Last

Now, after 10 months, the Legislature has finally moved on their well-delayed plan to unload the crumbling Sain Building. My administration months ago issued a request for proposals and got a bid for $4.51 million – more than the asking price – to sell this...

Sadly – Politics Over People

Now, a full nine months after I proposed the sale of the Sain Building as part of this year’s budget, the Rockland County Legislature has finally taken action. And sadly that is not good news. A vote at Tuesday’s meeting of the Legislature essentially approved my...